Linksys (Cisco) and Vonage have announced a deal that allows those who currently own a router of any type to get a new WRTP54G combo 802.11g router/switch/hub/TA if they sign up for a new Vonage VOIP account. The router drops the black and blue Linksys look in exchange for the more modern silver style seen in the WRT54GX Pre-N MIMO router. While it looks good on paper, there are a couple of things you should know. First, this only works on Vonage for now - so if you get this router, you shouldn’t expect the ability to switch VOIP providers and maintain its usability. The other thing is that it can take up to three mail in rebates before the router is actually considered free.
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While talking with Tiffiniy Cheng of Participatory Culture earlier today for our next Gear Live Podcast, she mentioned the website put out by them called iTunes Per iPod. Essentially, it aims to show that while many people walk around with iPods filled to the brim with their favorite tracks, barely any of them are from the iTunes Music Store. Granted, the data is a bit outdated as it is from April 2004, I think it is safe to say that the data probably hasn’t changed all that much. Based on their calculations, in April 2004, if you divided the number of songs sold on iTunes by the number of iPods out there, you would find an average of 21 iTunes songs per iPod. Now I understand that many people rip CD’s that they have purchased legally to their computers as well, and this accounts for a percentage of the music on iPods - but I will go out on a limb and say that is a small percentage as well. Gotta love Bittorrent.
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Take some dating lessons from Will Smith in this week’s DVD and UMD release of Hitch. The story of an ordinary guy who sets out to learn the ins and outs of the dating game to help nice guys get the girl. This one is sure to entertain you and make you laugh – who knows maybe even pick up a few tips. Be sure to pick this one up with this weekend along with one of your favorite TV on DVD series.
- Hitch ~ Will Smith
- The Eagles - Farewell 1 Tour - Live From Melbourne
- Northern Exposure - The Complete Third Season ~ Rob Morrow
- Little House on the Prairie - The Complete Season 8 ~ Maury Dexter
- The King of Queens - The Complete Fourth Season ~ Kevin James
- Casino (Widescreen 10th Anniversary Edition) ~ Robert De Niro
- Reno 911 - The Complete Second Season (Uncensored) ~ Michael Patrick Jann
- Paul McCartney - Live in Red Square ~ Mark Haefeli
- Jaws (Widescreen 30th Anniversary Edition) ~ Roy Scheider
- Good Neighbors - The Complete Series 1-3 ~ Richard Briers
Did you know that while most startups fail, a major corporation is more likely to hire someone who pioneered a failed startup over someone who has had a successful corporate entry-level career? Starting your own company is obviously a huge risk, but with that risk comes the possibility of great reward. A large company could purchase your venture, making you a nice profit. It could tank, but you are now smarter and more marketable to companies - or it is a success and you reap the reward. Check out this article which takes a look at an excellent point of view as to why Internet startups are a fantastic idea, and how regardless of the outcome, you will come out better for it.
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If you are a blogger, or plan on getting into blogging, check out this guide recently put out by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It details all of the legal aspects of blogging, and gives you an idea of how to go about posting certain information or stories.
The difference between you and the reporter at your local newspaper is that in many cases, you may not have the benefit of training or resources to help you determine whether what you’re doing is legal. And on top of that, sometimes knowing the law doesn’t help - in many cases it was written for traditional journalists, and the courts haven’t yet decided how it applies to bloggers.
They have information on all sorts of different aspects of blogging as journalism - from securing press passes, to printing information deemed as confidential. It is definitely worth a look.
Read More | EFF Legal Guide for Bloggers
Aww yeah, Sony is finally getting down with the fact that they sell a portable video game device, and not an iPod. Proof? Well, they are about to drop black earbuds and a black remote control on the PSP accessory scene. If you remember, we complained about the white accessories when we told you about all the PSP’s negatives. Also, they will soon be releasing an external battery charger. Obviously, it isn’t practical to remove the PSP battery whenever you want to recharge it, but it looks like a nice place to keep a spare juiced. Look for both items soon.
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When you have a bunch of mustard yellow LEGO bricks and a bunch of time on your hands, what do you get? Apparently, life-size statues of two of America’s pop culture favorites - Bart Simpson and Milhouse Van Houten. The artist says that the statues weigh about 30 pounds - that’s a lot of LEGO. Milhouse even got a change of clothes since “Milhouse Blue” was unavailable. These things are so cool that they refuse to even look at the camera.
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Sony has finally decided to release a pair of earbuds and a remote control for the PSP that actually match the system. This was one of our small gripes with the PSP during its pre-launch phase. These are the accessories that should have been packed in with the PSP, but I digress. They are also releasing a standalone battery charger, which lowers charge time when compared to charging the PSP directly. You can purchase the charger for $32 USD, and the buds and remote for $25 USD very soon.
Scientists have developed a microscopic toothbrush that is so small that it can clean the inside of a cappilary. The brush is made of carbon nanotubes, and can even paint the internals of a cappilary. Most paintbrushes are made of thin metal or animal hair, but carbon nanotubes provide the best of both worlds:
Carbon nanotubes, on the other hand, are 30 times stronger than steel, yet five times less dense. They are highly elastic, resistant to heat, have large surface areas and even conduct electricity. The latter property makes them highly suitable for the contact brushes used in electric motors, says Ajayan.
Read More | New Scientist
Even more phones announced from Nokia today - declaring today as Wireless Handset Day 2005:
- 6280: The 6280 is a 3G phone with a slide form factor with EDGE support, 320x240 screen, 2 MP camera, second VGA camera for video calls, miniSD, Bluetooth, and an FM tuner.
- 6270: This similar to the 6280, but only 2G. It also has stereo speakers, and also supports EDGE along with GSM/GPRS.
- 6265: The 6270 brings the CDMA love. It supports 1xRTT data and E911 location services. 2 MP camera, miniSD, and Bluetooth round it out.
- 6111: This is another slider GSM phone. EDGE support along with GSM/GRPS 900/1800/1900. It has a 128x160 screen, 1 MP camera, Bluetooth and an FM tuner.
That’s a lot of phone love from Nokia, and that isn’t even the end of it for the day. Stay tuned.
Read More | Gizmodo
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